FRED B 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II 2dr Convertible

Drive-in movies

My future wife and I were at my family's summer house trying to decide what to do for the evening. She wanted to in to the local town and shop.

Well, like most guys shopping is NOT at the top of my list of things to do. I wanted to go to the drive-in movies in my Sunbeam Tiger. We "discussed" this for quite some time and I finally won out.

We went to the drive-in, but the only spaces left were those near the screen. If we hadn't "discussed" this issue for so long we could have gotten a decent spot near the middle. Oh, well...

Well we couldn't have done a better job of selecting a spot than the one we got. The movie playing was "Bullitt", starring Steve McQueen.

I say no better spot because when the famous chase scene came on it was like we were on a roller coaster but not moving! Talk about squirmy stomachs! That "ride" was the best one either of us had ever taken. We felt every hill, airborn leap and even the end of the chase when Steve almost dumps his car into the drainage swale.

I figured if my girlfriend could survive that she was the girl for me and I asked her to marry me right then.

That was 45 years ago and two children and 4-1/2 decades later I still remember that night on the Tiger roller coaster.

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